The war against the Church of Scientology has not ended yet, as the Anonymous group of vigilantes continues with their plan to bring down the Church of Scientology in its present form. The actions began January this year, with an online attack on the church’s Web site, which was just phase 1 of what the protesters like to call Project Chanology, and continued with public protests almost one month later.
According to the Anonymous Web site, over 7,600 people attended protests around the world on February 10, and that was just the beginning. After the Church of Scientology asked the YouTube Tome Cruise video to be removed, the campaign against the church started, or how the Anonymous called it, “the epic battle against the CoS to rid the planet of said scourge.”
In a list of goals and operations, the Internet-based group successfully checked the first two steps of a more ample operation, the DDoS attack and spamming the church’s phone, fax, mail and e-mail, and is currently undergoing Phase 3: the Anti-Propaganda, in the hope of drawing the Church of Scientology’s attention, if they haven’t done it already.
Hundreds of protesters lined up in front of the church’ headquarters in various cities across the United States and all the way to Australia, wearing masks and peacefully protesting against what they consider to be a scam rather than a religious group. Moreover, they raised a series of questions on how the Church of Scientology got the tax-exempt status, and they are decided to get to the bottom of the story and expose the Scientologists.
The groups were also made up of former Scientologists, who have protested against the church’s policy to censure every single material that shows them in a negative light, saying they have been afraid to speak for too long, and they will not keep their mouths shut now.
The Church of Scientology responded to the accusations and protests through a public statement, saying that the Anonymous were nothing but a group of “cyber-terrorists perpetrating religious hate crimes against Churches of Scientology and individual Scientologists for no reason other than religious bigotry.”
It is very less likely for church representatives to accept a public confrontation with the Anonymous, but that is one reason more for them to continue their protesting through any means possible and continue their goal to “save people from Scientology by reversing the brainwashing and helping Scientologists realize that the Church of Scientology in its current state is a vast money-making scheme under the guise of “religion. Everyone has the right to freedom of religion, but religion should be free,” the Anonymous site says.
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